South Pacific

Henderson Island: World Heritage-listed site most polluted place on planet

Henderson Island: World Heritage-listed site most polluted place on planet

As per a new research, the beaches of the World Heritage-listed island - part of the UK's Pitcairn Islands territory - is littered with an estimated 37.7 million pieces of plastic.

May 16, 2017, 16:51 PM IST

Sri Lankan PM says failed asylum seekers safe to return home

The UN has urged Sri Lanka to better protect minorities like Tamils and redress the wrongs committed during a 26-year conflict with Tamil rebels which ended in 2009.

Feb 15, 2017, 09:04 AM IST

Magnitude 7.7 quake hits Solomon Islands, region at risk of tsunami

A 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit off the Solomon Islands early on Friday, triggering a tsunami warning in a wide area of the South Pacific.

Dec 09, 2016, 00:16 AM IST

Strong 6.3 magnitude quake hits New Zealand's Kermadec Islands: USGS

Wellington: A strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand`s Kermadec Islands in the South Pacific late Wednesday, the US Geological Service that monitors quakes worldwide said.

The quake`s epicentre was 201 kilometres (124 miles) north east of Raoul Island -- the largest and northernmost of the main Kermadec Islands, striking 12 kilometres below the surface, the USGS said.

There were no reports of casualties or damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

The uninhabited Kermadecs, New Zealand`s northernmost islands, lie 1,100 kilometres north of Auckland.

They are part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, a hotbed of volcanic and earthquake activity at the intersection of several tectonic plates. 

Jul 13, 2016, 19:15 PM IST